One of the year’s most acclaimed releases, FOUR DAUGHTERS by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania uses an audacious formal conceit to tell the story of Olfa Hamrouni and her four daughters. Attempting to answer the question of how and why the Tunisian woman’s two eldest were radicalized, Ben Hania reveals a complex history. We watch as the family relives key events in their lives with help from professional actors standing in for the missing girls. Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Cannes Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature at the Gotham Awards, and Best Writing at the IDA Documentary Awards, FOUR DAUGHTERS is a compelling portrait of five women and a unique and ambitious work of nonfiction cinema that pushes against the conventional boundaries of the documentary form to explore the nature of memory, rebellion, and the ties that bind mothers and daughters. Director Kaouther Ben Hania (Beauty and the Dogs, The Man Who Sold His Skin) joins us for a conversation on what inspired her wildly creative and award winning documentary on trauma, family, displacement, love and freedom.
About the filmmaker – Award-winning Tunisian director and Oscar nominee, Kaouther Ben Hania, refined her cinematic prowess in Tunisia and later in Paris at the renowned Femis and la Sorbonne. Her groundbreaking work has consistently been showcased on the global stage. Her poignant “Four Daughters” won l’Oeil d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2023. “The Man Who Sold His Skin” not only secured an Oscar nomination for Best International Feature but also claimed the best actor prize at the 2020 Venice Film Festival’s Horizons Section. “Beauty and the Dogs” earned the Best Sound Creation Award at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2017. Earlier successes like “Challat of Tunis” marked her debut at Cannes’ ACID section in 2014. Beyond features, her documentaries and shorts, including “Zaineb hates the Snow” and “Wooden Hand”, have won accolades and thrived in international festivals.
“A revelatory, poignant blend of drama, memory, and self-scrutiny.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“Formally daring, emotionally gripping…a heartbreaker about mothers and daughters, the cruelty of repression and the slippery but revealing nature of performance.” – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
“In telling the story of Olfa and her daughters, Ben Hania is also telling the tumultuous story of Tunisia in the wake of the Arab Spring, a promising movement that began in that country before spreading to the rest of North Africa and the Middle East.” – Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
“An enthralling narrative about memory, motherhood and the inherited traumas of a patriarchal society.” – Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter
“An admirable film. And through it all, Huppert still finds subtle ways to disappear into and elevate the narrative.” – Ethan Vestby, The Film Stage